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Gosberton care home helps Hilda to celebrate her 100th birthday in showbiz style

The red carpet was rolled out for Hilda Wollaston when she celebrated a big birthday.

Although celebrations have been very different from usual since the pandemic began, staff at Bank House Residential Home in Gosberton weren’t going to let that get in the way of a 100th birthday party.

Resident Hilda was able to celebrate her big day on Sunday, February 28, thanks to staff at the home and family pulling off some fantastic surprises.

Hilda Wollaston celebrated her 100th birthday at Bank House Residential Home, Gosberton (44787341)
Hilda Wollaston celebrated her 100th birthday at Bank House Residential Home, Gosberton (44787341)

Hilda, who was born near Hull and lived in Wetherby before moving to Dowsby in 2016 where she lived with her daughter Susan, moved to Bank House last year just before the pandemic began.

Tracey Laud, manager at Bank House, made sure that Hilda was treated like a queen for the day.

She said: “We made sure we pulled all the stops out.

“All of the staff were here and we wheeled Hilda down the red carpet as we all sang Happy Birthday to her before we began the party.

“We played games, such as pass the parcel and pin the tail on the donkey, and we did some dancing.

“We also had a lovely buffet where there was lots of food for everyone.”

Susan had been to see her mum when visiting was allowed but this had been put on hold due to coronavirus restrictions.

However, over the past three weeks the home has been able to hold socially distanced visits which allowed Hilda to see her daughter.

Tracey said: “In the morning Susan came to visit Hilda and after having a lateral flow test she was able to sit with Hilda in the room we have prepared for socially distanced visits.

“I also made sure that a member of staff was dedicated to helping Hilda with FaceTime calls in the morning to make it special for her.”

Hilda has another daughter, Eleanor and one son, John, along with four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Not only did she receive several FaceTime calls from family members, Hilda, who enjoys bingo and playing dominoes, was also sent flowers, cakes and gifts from relatives.

Hilda Wollaston's birthday cookie from Morrison's (44787362)
Hilda Wollaston's birthday cookie from Morrison's (44787362)

Hilda, who had been part of the Land Army before working as a dinner lady at a school in Wetherby after her children were born, was also sent some special treats from supermarket Morrison’s.

Tracey said: “Gail, the community champion at Morrison’s, arranged for a giant cookie to be sent over with a birthday message written on it, along with the special balloons to mark the day.

“She really enjoyed her birthday.”

Hilda was really happy to receive her 100th birthday card from the Queen. Her daughter Susan, said Hilda had been waiting to receive for the card for the last 10 years.

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